CHILLICOTHE, Mo. - A Platte County judge ruled bullet evidence that helped convict Mark Woodworth of murder in 1995 and again in 1999 cannot be used in a third retrial Monday. Woodworth spoke exclusively to 41 Action News about the decision.
The order, from Platte County Judge Owens Hull, stated, "any forensic evidence, examination or information regarding the 'Robertson Bullet' and the 'Woodworth Weapon' after August 31, 1992, is barred from being presented at any trial proceeding or hearing of a criminal nature involving Mark Woodworth, the defendant herein.''
Woodworth's attorney, Bob Ramsey, said Monday's order is a long-awaited victory for the defense team and a blow to the state's case.
Ramsey said he plans to file a motion to dismiss the case in the next few days.
Two juries convicted Woodworth of the 1990 murder Cathy Robertson and the shooting of her husband.
Woodworth spent nearly two decades in prison and is now 38 years old.
"It's a great victory," he said of the judge's decision Monday.
Woodworth now spends his days remodeling the same house he was living in when he was first convicted. His hope is the ruling is the beginning of the end.
"It's an awesome feeling to know that you have people behind you (who) believe in you," Woodworth said.
Michele Puckett is one of the two attorneys who represent Woodworth. She believes the ruling will more than likely stop the prosecution from trying Woodworth for a third time.
"Based on their own internal memos, it was the only evidence that they had that would implicate Mark and (was) thin at best," Puckett explained.